Propulsion Technician (Falcon 9 Propulsion Subassembly)

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United States

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.
Candidates should possess a combination of solid mechanical knowledge, hands-on experience and the willingness and ability to learn. The propulsion technician is responsible for assembly and testing of rocket hardware and other critical flight components. This is a dynamic position that requires the flexibility to work on different systems, the ability to troubleshoot anomalies, and can work autonomously to defined schedules while keeping safety and quality at the forefront of everything that is done.

  • Clean tools, valves, regulators and maintain a professional and neat work area
  • Stage, install, set-up, test and de-stage engines
  • Troubleshoot engines and cell systems
  • Operate test cell instrumentation and uses computer network systems, as well as test units as described in the test instruction
  • Accept or reject test units based on calculated test data and results
  • Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of professional hands-on build or manufacturing experience


  • Experience staging, installing, removing and de-staging propulsion engines
  • AP license
  • 2+ years of experience working on aircraft or rocket engines
  • 5+ years of aerospace engines experience
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems; and/or propulsion engines
  • Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team to meet aggressive schedules
  • Ability to operate and understand readouts on standard cell instrumentation: CRT screens, Daytronic vibration analyzer, and make full use of computer network systems


  • Must be open to both 1st shift (5 AM - 1:30 PM) and 2nd shift (3:30 PM - 12 AM)
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, over time, and weekends as needed
  • Able to lift a min. of 25 lbs unassisted
  • Able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min
  • Able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

First posted: 
12/1/2019 12:00:01 PM

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